(Due to a technical difficulty, we lost the first couple of minutes of the sermon. The recording here starts about 2:30 into the sermon.)
1 After the death of Joshua, the people of Israel inquired of the Lord, “Who shall go up first for us against the Canaanites, to fight against them?”
Judges 1:1 ESV
I. The Purpose of Judges
A. Judges tells the history of Israel post-conquest of Canaan and details their descent away from God.
II. The Point of Judges
A. Judges points us to Jesus. (Luke 24:27, 44-45, Genesis 3:14-15, Isaiah 19:19-24)
B. Judges points out the dark abyss of the human soul that rejects God.
C. Judges points out the dangers of pragmatism and post-modern relativism. (Judges 21:25)
III. The Patience of Jesus in Judges
A. The extermination of wicked people is always just and preceded by extensive periods of patience. (Genesis 15:13-16, 2 Peter 3:8-10, Romans 3:15-20)
B. The eviction of tenants by the true landowner is always just, especially when due notice is given.
IV. Next Steps
A. Judges is a book about the justice of God, the grace of God, and therefore the Gospel of Jesus Christ. (Romans 3:21-26)
Conquest, Compromise, and Consequences Judges 1:2-2:5